July 30, 2009
It looks like a battle during preseason games to be the next Kansas City Chiefs kicker is irrelevant. The Chiefs waived kicker Connor Barth Wednesday, most likely clearing the way for Mr. Irrelevant Ryan Succop to be the team’s starter this season. Succop is now the only kicker on the Chiefs’ roster. The Chiefs took their kicker, Succop, in the regular draft, even though it was with the final pick, No. 256. But they had good reason to select him. Mr. Irrelevant XXXIV played 50 games in four seasons at the University of South Carolina, where he became the Gamecocks’ No. 2 all-time scorer with 251 career points.
July 28, 2009
ROME — UC Irvine alumni Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten and Jeff Powers each scored a goal as the United States men’s senior national team defeated Germany, 8-5, Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships in Rome. With the win, the USA advances to the medal round, facing Spain in a semifinal game Thursday. Croatia meets Serbia in the other semifinal. Bailey gave the Americans the lead for good as he recorded a steal at the 6:52 mark of the third quarter and scored 20 seconds later to put the U.S. up 4-3. Powers extended the lead to 5-3 on a goal with 4:13 remaining in the third period.
June 30, 2009
Former UC Irvine All-Americans Jeff Powers, Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten and Genai Kerr, as well as former Corona del Mar High standout John Mann were named to the USA Water Polo men’s senior national team’s 14-man roster that will play in the FINA World Championships that start July 20 in Rome, Italy. Mann, who starred at UC Berkeley, is the lone alternate on Team USA, which possesses 11 Olympians, including 10 members of the 2008 sliver-medal winning squad from the Beijing Olympics.
June 16, 2008
GENOVA, Italy — The USA men’s senior national water polo team fell to Italy, 15-14, in a shootout Monday on the first day of the FINA World League Super Final. Each team hit its first four penalty shots, but Team USA was stopped on its fifth try and Italy converted. Former UC Irvine stars Ryan Bailey and Rick Merlo each scored twice for Team USA, and Jeff Powers scored once. Tim Hutten, the UC Irvine senior who recently won the Peter J. Cutino award, also scored twice for the Americans.
June 4, 2008
TRIO HELPS U.S. WIN Former UC Irvine standouts Ryan Bailey and Jeff Powers, as well as former Corona del Mar High star John Mann helped the U.S. men’s water polo team to an 8-5 win over Croatia in front of a sellout crowd at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village Saturday. Bailey scored twice. Powers and Mann scored one goal each. Tony Azevedo led the Americans with three goals to help them bounce back from a 6-2 loss to Croatia, the top-ranked team in the world, Thursday at CdM. The U.S. win will be aired on MSNBC on June 15 at 9 a.m. — From staff reports
May 30, 2008
CORONA DEL MAR — The story of how John Mann feared putting on a Speedo never gets old. Mann said he was around 12 when he was introduced to water polo. On Thursday, he returned to Corona del Mar High, the site of his first game. If there was ever another time for Mann to be afraid to throw on a Speedo again, it was this night. In front of an overflowing crowd of around 2,000, Mann and the U.S. men’s senior national team was exposed at the Bergeson Aquatic Center.
August 22, 2007
Six representatives of the UC Irvine men?s water polo program have been named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation?s 15th Anniversary Team, chosen by conference coaches. Ryan Bailey (1994-98) was named to the first team, while Dreason Barry (2001-05), Omar Amr (1993-96) and current head coach Marc Hunt (1990-93) were selected to the second team. Jeff Powers (1998-2002) was honored on the third team and former head coach Ted Newland was named a 15th Anniversary coach. UCI, UCLA, Stanford and USC all had five players on the first three teams.
August 18, 2004
The U.S. men's water polo team, which boasts five former UC Irvine players, continued its winning ways Tuesday defeating Kazakhstan, 9-6. Former Anteaters Jeff Powers and Dan Klatt each scored a goal for Team USA (2-0). Powers' seven-meter goal with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter gave the U.S. a 6-4 lead after a sea-saw first half that had four ties. It was Powers' second goal of the Olympics. Klatt's man-advantage goal with 5:24 left in the game stretched the American lead to 8-4. It was Klatt's first goal of the Olympics.
August 16, 2004
The U.S. men's Olympic water polo team, fired up for its Athens debut, defeated Croatia, 7-6, in the opening round at the Olympic Aquatic Centre Indoor Pool on Sunday night at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The U.S. pitched a defensive shutout in the first half behind a determined stand from goalie Brandon Brooks, who was playing in his first-ever Olympic Games, along with nine other members of Team USA for a 3-0 halftime lead. Croatia rallied, but Tony Azevedo had the last word as his buzzer-beating bullet provided the winning margin.